Joe Danger is a motorcycle-racing game released in 2010 on the Play Station Network by the Guildford, UK-based Hello Games. It was later ported to PC in 2013, and released on Xbox Live Arcade under the title Joe Danger: Special Edition, and on the iOS as Joe Danger: Touch. Lastly, it was ported onto PlayStation Vita in 2014.
The title character is a professional motorbike stuntman prepared to make his big comeback and shatter all sorts of world records in the process (that is, if he doesn't shatter all of his bones first). Your job is to help Joe complete a long series of courses by racking up points with tricks off ramps and springboards. In some levels, you'll be asked to hit as many targets as you can, or collect a set of coins within the time limit, while others pit you against Joe's masked rivals, Team Nasty.
A sequel, entitled Joe Danger 2: The Movie, continues after Joe's successful comeback tour and takes him across various themed movie sets, while also giving him skis and a jet pack to use to get around. It was first published on Xbox 360 on September 12th, 2012, then Playstation 3 on October 9th, 2012, then on PC on June 23rd 2013, and finally on PlayStation Vita on January 13th, 2015.
Tropes in Joe Danger:
- Advancing Wall of Doom: In the Alpine levels of Joe Danger 2, Joe has to outrun an avalanche.
- Amusing Injuries
- Follow the Money: Most optimal paths in the games are marked by trails of coins or stars.
- Guest Fighter: Playable characters in the PC and Vita versions of Joe Danger 2 include all nine classes from Team Fortress 2 and Steve from Minecraft. Joining them exclusively in the Vita version for being first-party Sony Interactive Entertainment characters are Sackboy from LittleBigPlanet and Iota and Atoi from Tearaway.
- Jet Pack: Used on some levels in the second game.
- Level Editor: And you can share your creations on the Steam Workshop.
- Shark Pool
- In the first game, many of the event names are taken from elements of popular video games (Super Effective, Quad Damage, The Klobb, Power Pill, The Hidden Palace, Rush Jet, etc.) The races against Team Nasty (and much of the game itself) are shout-outs to the races in Excite Bike.
- The second game switches to movie-based theme naming: "Joe vs. Volcano", "Dr. Snow", "Timed Cop", and "Total Freefall", to name a few.
- Spikes of Doom: One of the frequent hazards.